2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Arteon’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Arteon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Arteon ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Accord’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 65 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 15 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon (automatics tested):

Accord

Arteon

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Accord gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

MPG

Accord

FWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Arteon

FWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Arteon requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Arteon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Accord higher (6 to 7 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the Accord produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Accord offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Arteon doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Arteon.

The Accord has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Arteon doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Accord stops much shorter than the Arteon:

Accord

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Accord has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Accord flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Accord’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Arteon.

The Accord Touring handles at .89 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Accord’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Volkswagen Arteon.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Arteon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Accord has 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (105.6 vs. 96.2).

The Accord has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Arteon’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Arteon’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Accord’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Accord Touring has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Arteon isn’t in the top three.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2020 and 24 of the last 26 years. The Arteon has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Honda Accord outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by over 109 to one during 2019.

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